Ingram gets physical
Fresh from his appearance in the Goodwood Speedweek presented by Mastercard Shootout, Tom Ingram arrived at Snetterton full of beans and looking to continue the run of form that the Speedworks team has enjoyed in recent weeks. Right from the off Ingram looked racy, going door handle-to-door handle in race one, looking to capitalise on the temperature disadvantage the rear-wheel-drive BMW faced in the early laps. After Turkington had worked the tyres up to temperature, it was Jake Hill’s turn to battle with Ingram, with the two coming together into Montreal. While Hill made his way through, fearing a trip to the ToCA bus, he allowed Ingram back through and the two stayed line astern for the final few laps. The incident drew plenty of attention on social media, with Jason Plato – who had been watching from his local drinkery – stating that the move was the fault of Ingram, and Hill shouldn’t have yielded the position, an opinion the Toyota driver vehemently disagreed with.
Ingram was at the centre of controversy once again at the end of the day, as his move on Rory Butcher into the final corner ended with both drivers off the road. Carrying much more speed, Ingram dived down the inside going through Coram, leaving Butcher no space to make it to Murrays on the tarmac. As a result the Motorbase Ford lost control, cutting across the grass and t-boning Ingram on the left-rear wheel, and handing a third podium of the day to championship leader, Turkington.
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